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Gilbert Milligan Tucker

Gilbert Milligan Tucker was a 31 year old first class passenger returning home to America, accompanied aboard Titanic by three ladies he had offered to escort back across the North Atlantic.

He was born on 3rd November 1880 in Albany, New York to his mother Sara Edwards Tucker (nee Miller) and his father also named Gilbert Milligan Tucker, the editor of The Country Gentleman agricultural magazine (published from 1852 - 1955), founded by Luther Tucker, the newborn Gilbert's grandfather. His sister Margaret Cleveland Tucker was two years his senior.

He was educated within his home city at The Albany Academy, and then later at Cornell University Ithaca, New York. Upon graduating from university, he is said to have joined his family's business.

In early 1912, Gilbert Tucker was in Europe touring with his mother, father and sister. While there he met three American ladies also touring, Margaret Bechstein Hays, her friend Olive Earnshaw and Olive's mother Lily Alexenia Potter; Gilbert is said to have taken a particular interest in Margaret and offered to separate from his family and instead escort the three of them home to America aboard Titanic.

The four of them joined Titanic at Cherbourg, France on 10th April 1912. Gilbert is believed to have occupied cabin C53 inside on the starboard side of C Deck, while Margaret and Olive shared cabin C54 inside on the port side of C Deck, with Lily nearby in cabin C50 also inside on the port side of C Deck. It is said that Margaret was accompanied aboard and in her cabin by her small Pomeranian dog.

On the night of the sinking Gilbert is noted to have helped the ladies he was escorting back to New York to put on their lifebelts, and to have accompanied them to the starboard side Boat Deck, where they all, including Gilbert and also Margaret's dog, boarded Lifeboat 7, the first lifeboat to leave the sinking ship. Fortunately for Gilbert, the woman and children only order was, at times, much less strictly implemented on the starboard side than on the strict port side of the ship. They all survived the disaster and were rescued by Carpathia and taken to New York.

He is said to have remained in contact with Margaret Hays.

Around 10 years after the sinking of Titanic, Gilbert married Mildred Penrose Stewart (born in 1886). They settled in Albany and by this time he was engaged by the New York State Health Department's Division of Public Health Education as Supervisor of Exhibits. He later went on to write books about economics.

Late in his life Gilbert and Mildred moved to California, where Gilbert passed away at the Carmel Convalescent Hospital, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey County on 26th February 1968. Following cremation in California his remains were buried within a family plot within Albany Rural Cemetery Menands, Albany County, New York. Mildred lived until 1981.

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